Absa Premiership

Celtic slay Stars, reach TKO semifinals

2017-11-04 18:04

Johannesburg - Bloemfontein Celtic came from behind to beat Platinum Stars 2-1 in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The opening stages of the game were quiet as the sides found themselves evenly matched in midfield and neither keeper was overly tested in the first 25 minutes.

Jackie Motshegwa came close to putting coach Veselin Jelusic's team from the Free State in front on 24 minutes when his shot deflected onto the roof of the Stars net.

The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when Bongi Ntuli ran onto a goal-kick from Dino Visser before neatly lifting the ball over Phunya Sele Sele keeper Patrick Tingyemb and into the net.

Ntuli should have doubled the advantage five minutes after half time, but sent his parting shot too close to Tingyemb, who pulled off a fine diving save.

Lantshene Phalane made Stars pay for that miss eight minutes later when he blazed a low free kick past Visser and into the net to level up proceedings.

Brian Mwila spurned a chance for Stars when he headed well off target with 10 minutes to play.

The winner came shortly afterwards as Tshegofatso Mabaso cut through the Dikwena box, playing a one-two with Kabelo Mahlasela before netting from close range.

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